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Escape Era: Deja Vu (San Diego, CA)

The Mad Scientists are at work again
Escape Era, a newish location without many blogger reviews, was located a little out of the way, north of downtown San Diego. The story for their only room, "Deja Vu", was as follows: "It feels like you've been here before, but you can't remember. Can you solve the mysterious case of Deja Vu?". The theme of losing your memory and trying to figure out what happened was rather common but Escape Era did a good job in making their room a lot of fun. 

The decor was great and definitely above what you'd find in a typical escape room. Along with the above average footprint, there was a good sense of adventure as you played throughout the game. The puzzles were on the easy side so if you're looking for hardcore riddles, this will not fulfill your need. Players lacking patience will appreciate the instant gratifications of many of the puzzles. Experienced groups will tend to blaze through this room but it was still quite a lot of fun for us. There was at least one red herring that frustrated a team member and we still don't understand why escape rooms includes these. Working on a useless fake riddle is no fun for anyone! Given our admitted love for larger escape rooms and tangible puzzles, we had a great time and suggest making this one of your stops in San Diego

Pros: Nice decor and spacious footprint
Cons: Red herrings, easy puzzles
  • Set/room design: Great! 
  • Technology/automation: Gen-1.5
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Price: $35/person, use promo code "SOFUN" for a 15% discount
  • Number of players: 2-10, private (we recommend 4)
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Overall Rating: ★★★½
See their website here: http://www.escapeera.com